NHL Quiz 2021 Edition
How many times has an NHL team played four or more consecutive games against the same opponent within a regular season?
The 2020-21 season marks the first regular season in League history in which teams will play four consecutive games against one opponent.
When was the last time an NHL team played three consecutive games against the same opponent within a regular season?
The Ducks played three consecutive games against the Coyotes from March 2-6, 2013 (ANA: 1-0-2; PHX: 2-1-0) and Stars from April 1-5, 2013 (ANA: 2-1-0; DAL: 1-2-0).
How many times has the NHL seen 15 games played on the same day?
2020-21 will feature the 18th and 19th instances of the NHL contesting 15 games on the same day (May 1 & May 8, 2021). The 2019-20 regular season featured one 15-game day, which took place on Nov. 16, 2019 – a second was scheduled for April 4, 2020.
What is the most games played vs. one opponent in a single regular season?
From 1949-50 to 1966-67, the Original Six played each opponent 14 times per regular season (Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, NY Rangers & Toronto). Aside from the first season of the expansion era (10 GP in 1967-68), the most head-to-head games between opponents in one regular season is nine, seen in 1992-93.
What is the most goals vs. one opponent in a single regular season?
Joe Malone scored 24 goals for the Canadiens against the original Senators in 1917-18, the League’s inaugural season (10 GP). In the expansion era (since 1967-68), the most goals by one player in a head-to-head regular-season series is 16 (Wayne Gretzky: 16 G in 8 GP w/ EDM vs. WIN in 1983-84). The most head-to-head goals by an active NHL player in the same scenario is nine, accomplished two times.
What is the most points scored vs. one opponent in a single regular season?
27 – Shared by three players in NHL history, for a total of four occurrences: Wayne Gretzky with the Oilers (16-11—27 in 8 GP vs. WIN in 1983-84; 6-21—27 in 8 GP vs. LAK in 1985-86), Bobby Hull with the Black Hawks (11-16—27 in 14 GP vs. NYR in 1963-64) and Henri Richard with the Canadiens (11-16—27 in 14 GP vs. TOR in 1957-58). The highest such total recorded by an active NHL player is 17, by Sidney Crosby with the Penguins against the Islanders in both 2006-07 (8 GP) and 2009-10 (6 GP).
What is the most game-winning goals vs. one opponent in a single regular season?
Frank Mahovlich scored six game-winning goals for the Maple Leafs against the Rangers in 1960-61 (14 GP). In the expansion era (since 1967-68), the most game-winning goals by one player in a head-to-head regular season series is five (Jari Kurri: 5 GWG in 8 GP w/ EDM vs. VAN in 1986-87).
What goaltender has the most shutouts vs. one opponent in a single regular season?
Bill Durnan of the Canadiens was first to achieve this feat in 1949-50 (5 SO in 13 GP vs. CHI) and Terry Sawchuk later did so twice with the Red Wings (5 SO in 13 GP vs. TOR in 1953-54 & 5 SO in 14 GP vs. BOS in 1951-52). In the expansion era (since 1967-68), the most shutouts by one goaltender in a head-to-head regularseason series is three, achieved 27 times (last: Braden Holtby w/ WSH vs. BOS in 2014-15).
How many times in NHL history have teams faced only opponents within their own division in a regular season?
2020-21 marks the first regular season in League history in which teams will face only intradivisional opponents. Of note, there were no divisions from 1917-18 to 1925-26 and 1938-39 to 1966-67 when the NHL was comprised of no more than seven teams in each campaign.
How many times in NHL history have teams played only within one country in a regular season?
The NHL was comprised of only Canada-based teams in each season from 1917-18 to 1923-24, (seven seasons) with the Boston Bruins becoming the first U.S.-based franchise in 1924-25. The League’s first seven seasons did feature instances of postseason games played abroad when non-NHL clubs competed for the Stanley Cup – the five contests between the Montreal Canadiens and PCHA’s Seattle Metropolitans during the suspended 1919 Final took place in Seattle, Wash.
When was the last time the NHL played a regular season without conferences?
In the 1973-74 season the NHL featured 16 teams with eight apiece in the East and West Divisions. The League added the Kansas City Scouts and Washington Capitals the next season (1974-75) and clubs realigned into two nine-team conferences, with the Prince of Wales Conference made up of the Norris and Adams Divisions and the Clarence Campbell Conference made up of the Smythe and Patrick Divisions.
How many times have teams been in the same division the season after meeting in the Stanley Cup Final?
Including the Lightning and Stars in 2020-21 (Central Division) there have been eight instances of teams competing in the same division during the ensuing season after meeting in the Stanley Cup Final. This is the first such instance in 40 years.